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Allen Gallop

Posted By obits On January 7, 2022 @ 2:14 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 40 Comments

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Arthur Allen Gallop, Jr., age 85 of Elizabeth City, NC passed away Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Sentara Careplex Hampton. He was born December 6, 1936 to the late Arthur Allen Gallop, Sr. and Mary Lee Stott Gallop. Allen served his country in the United States Coast Guard. Afterward he worked at the Norfolk Ford Assembly Plant for thirty years. Allen was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church and an avid waterman who especially enjoyed crabbing, cooking and sharing the harvest. He was probably best known for his attention to the needs of his neighbors, where he was very active visiting his neighbors, offering assistance as needed and especially ensuring the elderly of the neighborhood were safe and sound.

Allen grew up in the family home on Rivershore Road. He was always thankful that his parents built their home on the river. When his parents were dating they would often drive down the dirt road along the river that started at the old hospital. On one ride Mary Lee pointed to the lot on which their home was later built and said.”That’s where I want to live.” And so they did and they all three lived there until their death.

Allen’s favorite plan for retirement was to travel. Allen ran into Diana at a neighbor’s wedding. Diana invited him to join the group of singles that did many things together. They attended First United Methodist Church together and filled one whole pew across the middle of the church. Allen was invited to a party at the country club for which his best friends, Sis and Skipper Hall, were some of the hosts. He was trying to figure out who he could take and not have to introduce to anyone as he worried about remembering names. He mentally made a list and decided he would ask Diana as she knew everyone and he would not have to worry about introductions. They were married on October 19, 1991. Allen retired after 30 years from his job at Ford and they started to fulfill all the goals of traveling across the USA and Canadian Rockies many times. There are wonderful pictures and moments to refresh their memories.

Allen is survived by his wife, Diana McPherson Gallop; Diana’s children, Robert Willard Luther, III; Holly Luther Brothers and husband John, and Banff Forest Luther; grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Luther, Robert “Will” Willard Luther, IV, Margaret Estelle Brothers and Anne Paul Brothers; and a host of Gallop cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church officiated by the Rev. Benny Oakes. Following the service, a reception will be held in the Asbury Room of the church. Memorial donations may be made to the Pastor Discretionary Fund, First United Methodist Church, 201 South Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is serving the family of Allen Gallop. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com. To plant a tree in memory of Mr. Gallop, please visit www.TwifordFH.com/send-flowers.

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Condolence from Laura Bettison on January 7th, 2022 2:47 pm

Allen was a very kind and generous soul and more like a member of our family. Many thanks to Allen for taking such good care of my grandparents, Mary and Gus, over the years on Rivershore Road. Be at peace, Allen. Our deepest condolences, Diana.

Condolence from Ruth Ellen McCulloch on January 7th, 2022 5:58 pm

I will treasure my visit with you and Allen a few weeks ago. He was a lifelong friend and neighbor on Rivershore Road. Allen was such a good and kind man and I am so glad he had you, Diana. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Genuine friendship is something to be treasured ……

Condolence from Margaret Zirpoli on January 7th, 2022 6:50 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Jenneal Harrell on January 7th, 2022 6:57 pm

Coolie & I were so sorry to hear this. He And Allen were old friends and they had alot of good times together. He will be missed. Our love and prayers go out to Dinah and family.

Condolence from Gary Dunstan on January 7th, 2022 8:38 pm

Sorry to hear of Allen’s passing. He truly was a caregiver of our Riverside neighborhood. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Though it has been a long time ago, it seems like just a few weeks ago that we would see Allen out and about while we were swimming and playing near his Riverside home place fifty some years ago. My sincere thoughts and condolences to Diana and the family.

Condolence from StanTillett on January 7th, 2022 8:50 pm

Allen and Diana have been lifelong friends and he will be missed by all who knew him. I am traveling now and wont be able to attend his funeral but my thoughts and prayers will be with Diana and the family . rest in peace Allen.

Condolence from Andrew Smithson on January 7th, 2022 11:10 pm

Diana, I am truly sorry for your loss and hope those many happy memories serve as a source of comfort and strength in the days ahead.

Condolence from Joyce Perry Bock on January 7th, 2022 11:39 pm

Allen was best friends with my brother David and married to my cousin Diana. He was double family. My husband and and I had many delightful times with Diana and Allen in California when they came to visit, in Portland and at the beach on the Outer Banks.
Whenever we would come to town he would serve us crabmeat, which I knew was a labor of love because it took so long to pick out all that delicious crab meat. Allen was one of the sweetest, kindest people I ever knew.

Condolence from Kim Trott on January 7th, 2022 11:41 pm

After reading Mr. Gallop’s obituary on the Norfolk Assembly Plant’s Facebook page, I truly wish I could say I knew him. We definitely had a lot in common because we both lived in the same area, both worked at Norfolk Assembly and were both married in Elizabeth City on October 19, 1991! Only I was married a few streets up at the First Baptist Church! Going by his beautiful obituary, he was truly an inspiration! He definitely loved his family, friends and neighbors. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my heartfelt prayers during this difficult time. His generous spirit will live on forever tucked away in each of your hearts.

Condolence from JoAnne Harris Massey on January 8th, 2022 4:59 am

Diana, Leslie told me about your Dad yesterday. sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your family.❤️ JoAnne

Condolence from Mayor Bettie J Parker on January 8th, 2022 6:50 am

My deepest sympathy to Diana and family for your loss. May God be with you in this time of sorrow…comforting and guiding you with His infinite grace and love. God bless!

Condolence from Ken Bateman on January 8th, 2022 7:01 am

My condolences to everyone. May God bless everyone during this difficult time. Cherish the memories.

Condolence from Faye Gray on January 8th, 2022 10:47 am

Diana and family, I am so sorry for your loss but know you shared many happy times together. Those memories will help you through.

Condolence from Pam & Richard Cobb on January 8th, 2022 11:07 am

Diana and Family,
We are saddened to hear of your loss. May God hold you in the palm of His hand, and comfort you as only He can. Sending you hugs and our deepest sympathy,

Condolence from Clay and Wendy Manos on January 8th, 2022 11:15 am

The Manos family was blessed by Allen in so many ways. He will be missed!! He was a very special man whose smile lit up a room. We are praying for comfort for you all!

Condolence from June Banks on January 8th, 2022 12:26 pm

Diana..so sorry for the loss of your husband. Sending prayers and hugs. God bless you.

Condolence from Penny Leary Smith on January 8th, 2022 2:29 pm

My deepest condolence and prayers during this time of your loss. So many great memories we have shared with Allen and you. I am proud to say I was a member of the singles group and how we shared and filled a pew at First United Methodist Church each Sunday. What a privilege it was for all of us during this part of our lives to have had each other. Allen always had a smile and willing to help in any way with open arms. He is now in God’s arms smiling down at you. Remember: Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work, and Love makes all things beautiful.

Condolence from Carolyn Jones Barnes on January 8th, 2022 3:07 pm

I was so sorry to read of Allen’s passing. In the late 70’s-early 80’s Allen, myself and Gary Thimsen would hang out on the water just having fun. He came to our wedding in Betsy Smith’ s backyard. W e always remained good friends. Allen was one of the good guys. Rest in peace Allen.

Condolence from Byron Perry on January 8th, 2022 5:30 pm

Diana, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Allen.
Thoughts & Prayers are with you & your family.

With Sympathy,
Byron Perry

Condolence from Dona Whitehead Yunker on January 8th, 2022 7:20 pm

Diana,
My heartfelt sympathy over the loss of your husband. May the many memories made while here on earth, live on in your heart. My condolences and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time..

Condolence from Kathryn Gray on January 8th, 2022 7:22 pm

Diana and family
So sorry for your loss…may you find comfort in the days ahead as you reflect on your lives together…beautiful memories ..May God’s blessing be with you

Kathy and Pete Gray

Condolence from Michael & Holly Audette on January 8th, 2022 10:37 pm

Michael & I are so sorry to hear of your beloved husband’s passing, Diana. He was a wonderful, caring. giving gentleman. Blessings to you & yours.

Condolence from John Mahaffey on January 9th, 2022 8:51 am

Diana so sorry to hear this sad News about Allen.
Prayers for you and the family

Condolence from MARGARET ANN TWIFORD on January 9th, 2022 3:16 pm

We are lifting you up in our prayers during this time and sending our love to all the family.
Praying that God will be with you and comfort you as only He can. Again, we send our love.

Condolence from Jon and Melba Van Dalsum on January 9th, 2022 4:14 pm

Melba and I were so sorry to hear of Allan’s passing.
He was a wonderful genuine individual. I know he will be missed by many. And heaven just got a little bit brighter. Dianna you and the family will be in our daily prayers. May God bless and keep you all.

Condolence from Charlie Sawyer on January 9th, 2022 10:28 pm

Diana –
I was sorry to hear of Allen’s passing. My mother, Celeste, thought so much of you both. Allen was always kind and generous letting us tie our boat up to his pier when I visited Elizabeth City. When I grew up on Crescent Drive he would show me his new cars, built at the Ford plant, of course. He was a kind and gentle friend who I will miss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Charlie Sawyer

Condolence from Marjorie Berry on January 10th, 2022 10:24 am

I was so sorry to hear about Allen’s passing. Hugs and prayers .

Condolence from Karen Johnson on January 10th, 2022 4:01 pm

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve known Diana for many years and want you all to know you are in my heart at this difficult time.

Condolence from Georgene Falcon on January 10th, 2022 5:58 pm

Vidal and I were so sorry to hear this. Georgene Falcon

Condolence from Peggy McNaughton on January 10th, 2022 6:12 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May the memories you have help you through this difficult time.

Condolence from David Dunstan on January 10th, 2022 6:25 pm

So sorry to hear of Allen’s passing, Diana. My condolences and prayers to you and the family.

Condolence from Bettina Staudt on January 10th, 2022 9:31 pm

Our sincere condolences. I was so saddened to learn about Allens passing. He was such a kind and wonderful person.

Condolence from Molly Hamilton on January 10th, 2022 10:43 pm

Allen was one of the kindest men I’ve known. I am sorry for his loss. Prayers to Diana and family during this time and going forward.

Condolence from (ICE)Tommy and Rhonda on January 11th, 2022 8:17 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with Diana and Family. Allen was a very special man. Loved talking with him about gardening! Hugs and Prayers for all of you. With Deepest Sympathy,
Tommy and Rhonda

Condolence from Diana Dixon Hardison on January 11th, 2022 8:19 am

Dear Diana,
I have only recently learned of the death of your dear husband Allen and want you to know how terribly sorry I am that you have sustained this loss. He obviously led a very fulfilling and accomplished life and will be missed by many. I extend sincere condolences and hope that you will draw strength from beloved memories of the life you shared together.

Condolence from Mark Croley on January 11th, 2022 11:45 am

Diana & Family,
My deepest sympathies on the passing of Allen. Allen was such a nice man and with always a calm and pleasant attitude. I will miss seeing him around town and out on the water in his boat.
Keeping each of you close at this time.
Rest in Peace Allen.

Condolence from Hildamary Scott on January 11th, 2022 1:38 pm

Diana,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed by many. Wish I could be there to see you. May God Bless you and all your family in this difficult time and always.
May he rest in God’s Peace.

Condolence from Shirley Mays on January 12th, 2022 6:58 pm

So sorry for your loss Diana. Allen was a very kind and nice person.

Condolence from John A Sawyer on January 19th, 2022 12:45 pm

Diane ,
Jackie and I are sorry to learn of Allen’s passing. Our thoughts and love are with you and family.

Condolence from Linda and billy Gregory on January 21st, 2022 12:16 pm

Love and prayers to all

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